Using ElasticSearch with Apache Spark

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ElasticSearch is a JSON database popular with log processing systems. For example, organizations often use ElasticSearch with logstash or filebeat to send web server logs, Windows events, Linux syslogs, and other data there. Then they use the Kibana web interface to query log events. All of this is important for cybersecurity, operations, … [Read more...]

IDUG Portugal – Another Successful EMEA Conference

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As I settled into my flight home, I couldn’t help reflect on all the wonderful, inspiring events that transpired this past week at IDUG EMEA in Lisbon. As per usual, the completely volunteer, user-based organization put on such a professional and informative conference it is no wonder that they have the loyal following that they do. From the … [Read more...]

Are you Prepared to Accelerate Your Digital Transformation?

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Let’s just be honest, life as a service desk or IT professional has never been harder. Database needs are exploding, the cloud poses new challenges, and user needs grow more complex daily. Most IT groups know they need to drastically alter the way they work, but getting there can seem overwhelming. While DevOps, ITIL and even self-service … [Read more...]

GDPR – What it Means and Why You May Be Missing the Opportunity.

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Time is running out. The warnings are everywhere. After a two-year transition period, the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation will be in full force beginning May 25th, 2018. The focus of most communications related to GDPR is on the requirements themselves and the significant financial penalties that companies may be subject to if … [Read more...]

Mainframe Automation Leads to Availability

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Everyone talks about automation these days. In a 2017 survey of 1200 mainframe professionals, executives say improving availability and addressing skills issues are top priorities. We all know systems management is becoming much more complicated. In this survey, 69% of the respondents say they are experiencing increasing transaction and data … [Read more...]

Is Digital Business Helping Your Customers and Killing Your Budget?

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Keeping up with the demands of today’s digital business isn’t easy. Customers and employees are looking for a great customer experience every time. New applications are rolling out. The pressure to lower operational costs is ever present. And the data just keeps on coming. And then comes—your mainframe monthly license charge (MLC) invoice. Is … [Read more...]

The 3 P’s of GDPR

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Much is being said and written about GDPR, the General Data Protection Regulation, which will go into effect in our near future – May 2018. As a reminder, GDPR is the stringent Data Protection Regulation put forth by the European Union Parliament in the aims of better protecting its citizens. Although it originated in the EU it will have reach far … [Read more...]

Top 5 Capabilities of Multi-Cloud Discovery

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Unlike its counterpart in nature, “cloud” in an IT context is no longer a singular noun. There’s a very good chance that your organization uses multiple different clouds, of different types, to meet your business and technical needs. Whether you run a private, public, hybrid cloud or multi-cloud deployment model, your environment is more complex … [Read more...]